Bill Bruford spent a working life as an internationally known musician and teacher before stepping out of practice to investigate aspects of creativity in popular music performance. Having earned his PhD from the University of Surrey in 2016, he now writes and lectures on the topic. Dr. Bruford was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group Yes in 2017.
an intelligent, thought-provoking treatise on the notion of
creativity in Western popular music. Over the course of a number of
interviews and case studies involving expert drummers, Bill Bruford
examines how such practitioners approach and understand creativity.
In the process, he crafts a relational processual model for
understanding creativity and the creative process for real-time
interactive performing arts (theatre, dance, music). The result is
a fascinating and rewarding read that will surely affect players
and listeners alike as they think about the concept of finding
‘creative meaning in making it work and making it matter."" - Rob
Bowman, Grammy Award Winning Professor of Music
""It is no surprise to find Dr. Bruford so eloquently putting into language that which springs from such a non-linguistic source. Bill’s scholarly insights matched with a career’s-worth of personal experience shed an authoritative light on the creative role of the drummer. In today’s world of computer-generated rhythmic music, how wonderful to tap into this most organic and visceral element in music’s heritage, and deepen our appreciation of this immense creativity, past and present."" - Tim Garland